We would also like to draw your attention to a new publication by the GRK’s doctoral researcher Simon Hollnaicher:
Hollnaicher, S. (2022). On Economic Modeling of Carbon Dioxide Removal: Values, Bias, and Norms for Good Policy-Advising Modeling. Global Sustainability, 1-33.
In this paper, Simon Hollnaicher draws attention to a particular implicit value judgment in mitigation pathways from Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs). Mitigation pathways from IAMs are used to advise policymakers and the public on how ambitious climate goals can still be achieved by a rapid and comprehensive transformation of the fossil-fuel-based world economy. A recent controversy emerged due to the reliance of such pathways on extensive amounts of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). CDR-techniques capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby promising to undoing current and past emissions. However, given their uncertain nature, the paper argues that relying on CDR poses a case of epistemic risk. More concretely, reliance on such techniques implies shifting risk to future generations and away from current high-emitting countries. The paper aims to make this implicit value position explicit and discusses it critically. Finally, the paper argues that IAMs in general need to be more transparent concerning implicit value judgments in assessing the feasibility of climate goals and mitigation pathways, as well as providing evidence on a wider array of value positions.
A very eventful summer lies behind the GRK, so much has happened!
The International Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science (EES 2022) took place
The Internationale Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science (EES 2022) took place at Leibnizhaus Hannover from September 29-30, 2022. Around 100 researchers from 19 countries discussed topics such as distrust in climate models, alternatives to peer review, navigating scientific dissent, or the failures of Big Data empiricism – with Invited Talks from Kristen Intemann, Anna Leuschner, Liam Kofi Bright, Kevin Elliott, Tarja Knuuttila and Sabina Leonelli. The EES 2022 was organised by PhD students and Postdocs of the GRK 2073 and was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). We thank all speakers and participants for the great conference!
We would also like to draw your attention to a new publication by the GRK’s doctoral researcher Hannah Hilligardt:
Hilligardt, H. (2022). Looking beyond values: The legitimacy of social perspectives, opinions and interests in science. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 12, 58.
This paper critically assesses the current debates in philosophy of science that focus on the concept of values. Hannah Hilligardt argues that values are not the only relevant non-epistemic influences on research: not unless our definition of values is so broad that it becomes unmanageable. Other factors also affect the authority and social legitimacy of science. Hilligardt employs political theorist Iris Marion Young’s concepts of social perspectives, opinions and interests to attempt a differentiation of contextual influences relevant to scientific research. Based on this she argues that contextual influences cannot be managed jointly but require distinct and complementary strategies.
Markus Dressel has submitted his doctoral thesis on the topic “Values in Scientific Policy Advice” at Leibniz University Hanover in September 2022. Congratulations, Markus!
Successful thesis defenses
On October 24th, 2022, Jonas Lipski successfully defended his thesis entitled “Evaluating Competing Explanatory Games in Economics” at Leibniz University Hannover.
And already on July 14th, 2022, Anna Höhl successfully defended her thesis entitled “Scientific Understanding – What it is and How it is Achieved” at Bielefeld University.
Congratulations, Anna and Jonas!
Anna Höhl has started as the new coordinator. Click here for her contact details.
We would like to draw your attention to a new publication by the GRK’s doctoral researcher George K. Barimah:
Barimah, George K. (2022): “Second-order assessment of scientific expert claims and sharing epistemic burdens in science communication”. Episteme 1–17.
In this paper, George Barimah challenges the optimistic view of Anderson (2011), regarding the ease with which laypersons can perform second-order assessment of experts, by pointing out some of the obstacles that may prevent laypersons from arriving at an informed decision through this means. By showing that laypersons cannot easily perform second-order assessment of experts, Barimah makes a case for sharing epistemic burdens in science communication by using Lackey’s (2006) concept of dualism in the epistemology of testimony and Irzik and Kurtulmus’ (2019) work on public epistemic trust in science, as a guide. Barimah invites experts to bear a greater share of the epistemic burden when communicating with laypersons because of their privileged epistemic condition vis-à-vis laypersons.
Successful thesis defence
On June 22nd, 2022, Tobias Schönwitz successfully defended his thesis entitled “The Epistemology and Politics of Biodiversity Research” at Leibniz University Hanover. Congratulations, Tobias!
Jonas Lipski has submitted his doctoral thesis on the topic “Evaluating Competing Explanatory Games in Economics” at Leibniz University Hanover in June 2022. Congratulations, Jonas!
Anna Höhl has submitted her doctoral thesis entitled “Scientific Understanding – What it is and How it is Achieved” at Bielefeld University in April 2022. Congratulations, Anna!
Register now: International Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science (EES 2022)
Registration for the International Conference on Engaging Ethics and Epistemology in Science is now open until 1 July 2022. EES 2022 will take place on 29-30 September 2022 at Leibnizhaus, Hannover, Germany. It focusses on bridging the gap between epistemological and ethical or political approaches as well as theoretical and material approaches to philosophy of science. Please find more information and the registration link here.
Successful thesis defence
On February 24th, 2022, Rui de Souza Só Maia successfully defended his thesis on “Narratives and Model-based Epistemology in Economics” at Bielefeld University. Congratulations, Rui!
The Structure and Development of Concepts in the Life Sciences (Hybrid, February 7-9 2022, ZiF Bielefeld)
The workshop The Structure and Development of Concepts in the Life Sciences took place at Bielefeld University from February 7-9, 2022, co-organised by our members Dr. Morgan Thompson and Prof. Dr. Marie Kaiser with Dr. Philipp Haueis. Please find the program and list of speakers at https://lifescienceconcepts.weebly.com/.
EES2022: Call for Abstracts closed
The Call for Abstracts for EES2022 is now closed. Accepted speakers will be informed in mid March. Registration will open in March/April 2022. Please check back again for further information.
Tobias Schönwitz has submitted his doctoral thesis entitled “The Epistemology and Politics of Biodiversity Research” at Leibniz University Hanover in December 2021. Congratulations, Tobias!
GRK2073 hosts workshop on Thick Concepts
What is the role of thick concepts in philosophy of science? GRK 2073 will meet with philosophers from around the world for a hybrid workshop on 3-4 December, with keynotes by Anna Alexandrova and Catherine Herfeld. It is organised by our PhD candidates Birgit Benzing, Robert Frühstückl, and Simon Hollnaicher. For more information, see the conference website.
Rui de Souza Só Maia has submitted his doctoral thesis on “Narratives and Model-Based Epistemology in Economics” at Bielefeld University in November 2021. Congratulations on this milestone, Rui!
New doctoral researchers at GRK2073
We are very happy to welcome our three new doctoral candidates. At Hannover, Ilvie Otto, Daniel Montero Espinoza, and Matthias Ackermann are starting their PhDs. The new PhD researchers at Bielefeld are Hanna Metzen and David Lambert. It’s great you are joining us!
Theory Workshop 2021: A successful first meeting in person
In the group’s first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, the members of the DFG Research Training Group 2073 met in Minden, Germany, for its annual Theory Workshop. During the two-day workshop, they discussed a variety of current issues regarding the topic “Intertwining the Epistemic and the Ethical”.
New article on 3 Quarks Daily
George Barimah, Ina Gawel, David Stöllger, and Fabio Tollon recently published an article entitled “Should we Disregard the Norms of Assertion in Inter-scientific Discourse? A Response to a False Dilemma”, in which they critically engage with the argument advanced by Haixin Dang and Liam Kofi Bright concerning norms of assertion in inter-scientific communication.
Workshop on “Thick Concepts in the Philosophy of Science”
3-4 December 2021 in Hannover, Germany
The 1.5-day-workshop aims at providing a forum for intense discussion on the role and value of thick concepts in the philosophy of science. It will consist of presentations by participants, and a workshop section that synthesizes the findings and discusses future avenues of development. It includes keynotes by Anna Alexandrova (University of Cambridge, online) and Catherine Herfeld (University of Zurich).
The call for presentations is now closed and the selection process finalized. If the official rules due to the pandemic allow, we might be able to offer a few spots for participation. In case you are interested, please contact the organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details and updates can be found at thickconcepts.wordpress.com.
New publications at GRK 2073
We would like to draw your attention to new publications by members of GRK 2073:
Dethier, Corey (in press): The cooperative origins of epistemic rationality? Erkenntnis (online first).
Tollon, Fabio (2021): Do others mind? Moral agents without mental states. South African Journal of Philosophy 40(2), 182–194.
Tollon, Fabio (2021): Designed to Seduce: Epistemically Retrograde Ideation and YouTube’s Recommender System. International Journal of Technoethics 12(2), 60–71.
The Research Training Group 2073 “Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Scientific Research” will host a two-day international conference on 29-30 September 2022 at Leibnizhaus, Hannover, Germany. Registration is now open until July 1st, 2022.
New affiliated postdoc
It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Tanja Rechnitzer of Leibniz University Hanover has become officially affiliated to GRK 2073. Welcome, Tanja!
New affiliated member
Martina Valković of Leibniz University Hanover has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Martina!
We would like to draw your attention to a new publication by the GRK’s doctoral researcher Fabio Tollon:
Tollon, Fabio. 2021. Artifacts and Affordances: from designed properties to possibilities for action. AI & Society.
Abstract: In this paper I critically evaluate the value neutrality thesis regarding technology and find it wanting. Specifically, I show how by virtue of their designed properties, artifacts may come to embody values. Such accounts, however, have several shortcomings. In agreement with Michael Klenk, I raise epistemic and metaphysical issues with respect to designed properties embodying value. The concept of an affordance, borrowed from ecological psychology, provides a more philosophically fruitful grounding to the potential way(s) in which artifacts might embody values. The affordance account as it is presented by Klenk, however, is insufficient. I therefore argue that we understand affordances based on whether they are meaningful, and, secondly, that we grade them based on their force.
Dr. Corey Dethier: New postdoc at Hannover
We are happy to announce that Dr. Corey Dethier has joined GRK 2073 as a postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz University Hanover. Welcome, Corey!
Leon-Philip Schäfer granted Start-Up Funding
Leon-Philip Schäfer, who submitted his doctoral thesis entitled “Wissenschaftlicher und moralischer Realismus” at Leibniz University Hanover in December 2020, has been successful in his application and will receive the GRK’s Start-Up Funding for Early-Career Researchers from January through June 2021. Congratulations on both, Leon!
The members of GRK2073 wish you happy holidays and a wonderful and healthy new year 2021!
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alkistis Elliott-Graves joins GRK2073 as Principal Investigator
As of December 2020, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Alkistis Elliott-Graves is a Principal Investigator of Research Training Group 2073. She is a Juniorprofessorin (‘assistant professor’) of philosophy of science and philosophy of applied sciences at Bielefeld University, with a focus on ecology and climate science. Her research centres on conceptual and methodological questions that arise from the study of complex systems, especially those pertaining to applied scientific practice.
We are delighted to welcome Alkistis as our new member and look forward to working with her!
New doctoral candidates at Hannover
Four new doctoral candidates at GRK 2073
We are happy to announce that four new doctoral candidates are joining us in October 2020: Ina Gawel (Hannover), Luis Lopez (Hannover), Robert Frühstückl (Bielefeld), and Simon Hollnaicher (Bielefeld). Welcome to the GRK!
GRK members take next steps in their careers
Five of our accomplished members are leaving the GRK 2073 to move on to exciting new career paths in September and early October. We wish Dr. Saana Jukola, Dr. Anna Leuschner, Dr. des. Daria Jadreškić, Dr. des. Julia Pfeiff, and Dr. des. Enno Fischer all the best for their new positions!
Online Research Seminar: Philosophy of Economics (15 – 16 September 2020)
Professor Mantzavinos, who is visiting the Research Training Group 2073 as a Mercator Fellow, offered a research seminar in Philosophy of Economics. Its focus was on recent developments in the field and the aim is to have a discussion of topics such as institutions, heuristics, and evidence-based policy. Click to download the programme.
Blog post by Fabio Tollon featured on DailyNous
Fabio Tollon‘s blog post “YouTube: Designed to Seduce” was recently featured on DailyNous as a new link of interest to those interested in philosophy. Fabio’s article was originally published in the Monday Magazine of 3 Quarks Daily and on the blog of Ethical Intelligence.
New postdoc at Bielefeld
We are excited that Dr. Morgan Thompson has joined us as a postdoc at Bielefeld University. Welcome, Morgan, we look forward to working with you!
Successful dissertation defence
The GRK is happy to announce the successful dissertation defence by Enno Fischer. Well done, Enno, congratulations!
Successful dissertation defence
Julia Pfeiff has successfully defended her doctoral dissertation. Congratulations, Julia, great job!
We would like to draw your attention to a forthcoming publication by GRK 2073 doctoral researcher Enno Fischer:
Fischer, E. (forthcoming). Causation and the Problem of Disagreement. Philosophy of Science.
This paper presents a new argument for incorporating a distinction between default and deviant values into the formalism of causal models. The argument is based on considerations about how causal reasoners should represent disagreement over causes and it is defended against an objection that has been raised against earlier arguments for defaults.
New affiliated member
Jannik Zeiser of Hannover University has joined us as our new affiliated doctoral candidate. Welcome, Jannik!
Two successful dissertation defences in one week
New doctoral researcher at Hannover
We are very happy to welcome our new doctoral candidate at Hannover, Hannah Hilligardt. It’s great you are joining us!
We would like to draw your attention to two new publications by GRK 2073 postdoc Dr. Stefano Canali:
- Canali, S. (2020). Making Evidential Claims in Epidemiology: Three Strategies for the Study of the Exposome. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
How is data used as evidence in epidemiology? Building on relational views of data, Stefano Canali argues that the representational and evidential content of a dataset is specified by evidential claims. On this basis, he distinguishes and discusses three strategies currently used by epidemiologists to integrate, interpret and use large and varied datasets.
- Canali, S. (2020). What is New about the Exposome? Exploring Scientiﬁc Change in Contemporary Epidemiology. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8), 2879.
This is a commentary for a mostly scientific audience, in which Stefano Canali analyses the origin and establishment of the exposome in the last decade of research in epidemiology. He argues that the exposome has been a significant innovation in this context – yet one that should not be seen in paradigmatic terms. This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exposome: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives.
Three new doctoral researchers
We are very happy to welcome three new doctoral candidates: Birgit Benzing (Leibniz University Hanover), David Stöllger (Bielefeld University), and Fabio Tollon (Bielefeld University). It’s great to have you here!
Our doctoral member Anna Höhl has started her stay as a Guest Researcher at the Institute for Science and Society at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Congratulations on this great opportunity!
Leonie Wiemeyer has started as the new coordinator. Click here for her contact details.
We have great news! Our funding agency DFG has extended our research group’s funding period for another four and a half years! We are very happy that our work has been appreciated and that we can continue to provide doctoral candidates and postdocs an opportunity to work and do research.
Therefore we are able to offer again 5 doctoral positions and 2 postdoc positions in ethics of science and/or philosophy of science. Please find further information here.
Felipe Romero (Groningen) gave a public lecture on Social Epistemology and
the Replicability Crisis on Monday, December 2, 2019, 16:00 – 17:15 at Leibniz University Hannover’s Conti building. Please find more information here.
Rui Francisco de Souza Só Maia, Saana Jukola and Dijana Magđinski Tolić (Bielefeld University / GRK 2073) co-organized a workshop on Contentious Science and Public Policy with Holger Straßheim (Bielefeld), Susanne Uusitalo (Turku), Robert Northcott (Birkbeck) and Jacob Stegenga (Cambridge). The workshop took place at Bielefeld University, November 6, 2019. Please find the poster with the complete program here. For further information contact email@example.com.
Our doctoral member Roel Visser started his Visiting Research Fellowship at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. Congratulations on this great opportunity!
Our principal investigator Ralf Stoecker co-organized the 1. Bielefelder Tag der Medizinethik: “Kommt eine Familie zum Arzt…” – Zur Rolle der Angehörigen in der Medizin at Bielefeld University, March 30, 2019.
Dr. Federica Russo (University of Amsterdam) gave her public lecture On the ethico-political dimension of phil-sci problems on Thursday, January 24, 2019, 16:00 s.t. – 17:15 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Our principal investigator Anke Büter won the DGPPN-Award for Philosophy and Ethics in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy 2018 by the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics for her work on Epistemic Injustice and Psychiatric Classification. Congratulations!
A warm welcome to our new doctoral candidates Anna Elisabeth Höhl in Bielefeld and Philipp Eichenberger and Jonas Lipski in Hannover! Furthermore a shout-out to Markus Ahlers and Martin Wasmer who have been affiliated doctoral members since this summer. It’s great to have you here!
Saana Jukola, Anke Büter, Daria Jadreškić and Julia Pfeiff organized a workshop on Philosophy of medicine meets social epistemology. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 7-8, 2018. Please find further information and the call for papers here.
Christine Hauskeller (University of Exeter) was at Bielefeld to discuss Philosophy at the Intersection of Life Sciences and Society. Besides a talk on Stem cell research. The intersection of scientific facts and social values (July 10, 2018), she gave a workshop on Empirical Methods and Normative Issues in Philosophy of Science (July 11, 2018). Please find detailed information here.
Jutta Schickore (Indiana University Bloomington) visited Bielefeld University to teach the workshop Scientific Method: Testing, Experimenting, Controlling Results (June 29, 2018). Please find the detailed program here.
The program for the workshop Philosophy of medicine meets social epistemology at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 7-8, 2018, is online now! You can find it on the workshop website. The event was co-organized by Saana Jukola, Anke Büter, Daria Jadreškić and Julia Pfeiff.
Anna Leuschner and Mathias Frisch co-organized a workshop on Climate Science and Public Interests at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Institute of Philosophy, May 25-26, 2018. Please have a look at the program and the book of abstracts for further information.
Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ernst (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) gave his public lecture Too true to be good. On two kinds of rationality on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 16:00-17:15 at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Dr. Anna Leuschner’s symposium Climate Science and Public Interests: Social Values and Climate Change (co-organized with Greg Lusk) has been awarded the PSA 2018 Women’s Caucus Prize. It took place during this year’s Philosophy of Science Association Meeting in Seattle. Congratulations!
We have moved! The Hannover part of the group has a new address. Please find our contact information here.
A warm welcome to our new doctoral candidates: Rui Francisco de Souza Só Maia and Dijana Magđinski in Bielefeld, Leon-Philip Schäfer and Tobias Schönwitz in Hannover. We are thrilled to have you here!
Stefano Canali, Mathias Frisch, and Thomas Reydon (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) organized a workshop on Making Sense Of Data In The Sciences. Philosophical Perspectives on the Methodology, Epistemology and Practices of Data-Intensive Science. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, October 26-27, 2017. Please find further information and the complete program here.
Mathias Frisch (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) co-organized a workshop on Symmetries and Asymmetries in Physics. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, July 6-8, 2017. Please find further information here.
Prof. Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) visited the GRK from June 12 to June 14. As part of his stay, he gave a public lecture as well as a keynote at the workshop Progress in Science and Society at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Have a look at our poster for further information.
The GRK 2073 was co-organizer of the workshop Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy (Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 20-22, 2017). Please find the program and abstracts here.
Anna Leuschner (Leibniz Universität Hannover / GRK 2073) and David Ludwig (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) organized a workshop on Inclusion and Exclusion in Philosophy. The workshop took place at Leibniz Universität Hannover, June 20-22, 2017 in collaboration with the GRK 2073. Please find further information here.
Silvia Ivani, M.A. (Tilburg University) gave her public lecture Challenging the Dichotomy of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Values: Feminist Values and Evolutionary Psychology on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, 14:45-16:00 in the rooms of the Graduiertenkolleg (Am Klagesmarkt 14-17) at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Please find more information here.
Prof. Dr. James Wilberding (Bochum) gave a public lecture on “Philosophie und Embryologie in der Antike” at Bielefeld University on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
The Research Training Group presented itself at the Faculty of Humanities’ celebration at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Please find our poster here (German only).
Dr. Christine Bratu (LMU Munich) gave a public lecture on “Selbstachtung und Anerkennung” (23.11.2016) as well as a workshop on “Auschlussmechanismen in der akademischen Philosophie” (24.11.2016) at Bielefeld University.
Dr. Carlo Martini (TINT Helsinki) gave a public lecture Integrating Evidence and Expertise: An Epistemological and Practical Problem on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016, 15:30 – 16:45 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
In October 2015, Anna Leuschner co-organized (together with Laszlo Kosolosky, Ghent University) a workshop on The Epistemic Role of Manufactured Dissent in Climate Science. The workshop was supported by GRK2073. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on the workshop in the form of a whole-page feature.
The article is now also available in English.
Dr. Susanne Uusitalo (University of Helsinki) gave a public lecture On the two roles of gambling in research and their relation to self-control on Monday, July 11th, 2016, 15:30 – 16:45 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find more information here.
Dr. David Ludwig (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) gave a public lecture Naturalness vs. Social Critique? on Friday, May 27th, 2016, 14:00-15:15 at the Institute of Philosophy at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Please find more information here.
For the Bielefeld Masterclass in Philosophy 2016 Prof. Dr. Hasok Chang gave several lectures on Pragmatism and Pluralism in the Philosophy of Science. The masterclass took place from May 23rd till 25th, 2016 at the Department of Philosophy at Bielefeld University. Please find further information here.
In October 2015, Anna Leuschner co-organized (together with Laszlo Kosolosky, Ghent University) a workshop on The Epistemic Role of Manufactured Dissent in Climate Science. The workshop is supported by GRK2073. Süddeutsche Zeitung reports on the workshop in the form of a whole-page feature.